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Enjoy A Fruit-Full Winter

“Yay!! Honey Crisp!” I thought to myself, selecting two apples from the display at the grocery store.  But when I checked out, my joy in finding one of my favorite fruits out-of-season was short-lived — the apples rang up at $8.53!!  I sheepishly handed them back to the cashier and asked her to take them […]

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Diet danger: High fructose corn syrup. The effects of corn syrup aren’t so sweet

Editor, SparkPeople.com support@sparkpeople.com RE: “Diet danger: High fructose corn syrup. The effects of corn syrup aren’t so sweet.”   To the Editor: I am writing in response to an article authored by Becky Hand appearing on the SparkPeople.com website entitled, “Diet danger: High fructose corn syrup. The effects of corn syrup aren’t so sweet.” URL: […]

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More on Mice and Men: Fructose Could put Brakes on a Vicious Cycle Leading to Obesity in Humans

To the Editor: The role played by dietary fructose in the ‘epidemic’ of obesity has recently been debated in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (1,2) following the earlier review by Lustig (3) in which fructose is argued to have a prominent role in the causation and perpetuation of obesity. These warrant comment because […]

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Microvascular disease and its role in the brain and cardiovascular system: a potential role for uric acid as a cardiorenal toxin

Editor, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation RE: Microvascular disease and its role in the brain and cardiovascular system: a potential role for uric acid as a cardiorenal toxin.   To the Editor: Along with a review of the role of microvascular disease in hypertension and related diseases, a recent paper by Kanbay et al.1 also proposes that […]

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Extensive Research Demonstrates that Fructose Does Not Increase Food Intake or Impact Body Weight

For Immediate Release: February 10, 2011 Contact: Beth Hubrich, RD 404-252-3663   Extensive Research Demonstrates that Fructose Does Not Increase Food Intake or Impact Body Weight   ATLANTA (February 10, 2011) – A new comprehensive review concludes that fructose does not increase food intake or impact body weight or blood triglycerides in overweight or obese […]

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Consumption of added sugars and indicators of cardiovascular disease risk among US adolescents

Editor, Circulation RE: Consumption of added sugars and indicators of cardiovascular disease risk among US adolescents. To the Editor: A recent paper by Welsh et al.1 claims an association between consumption of added sugars and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors among U.S. adolescents. The significance of the association is in doubt, however, given the failure […]

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Evidence-Based Review on the Effect of Normal Dietary Consumption of Fructose on Development of Hyperlipidemia and Obesity in Healthy, Normal Weight Individuals

In recent years, there has been episodic speculation that an increase in consumption of fructose from foods and beverages is an underlying factor responsible for the relatively recent increase in obesity and obesity-related diseases such as diabetes. Reports in support of this hypothesis have been published, showing that concentrations of triglycerides (TG) are higher and […]

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Fructose overconsumption causes dyslipidemia and ectopic lipid deposition in healthy subjects with and without a family history of type 2 diabetes

Editor, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Re: Fructose overconsumption causes dyslipidemia and ectopic lipid deposition in healthy subjects with and without a family history of type 2 diabetes   Editor, The recent study by Le et al. (1) contains justification and experimental design weaknesses that have become the unfortunate hallmarks of contemporary fructose research. It […]

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The role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1 beta in the pathogenesis of fructose-induced insulin resistance.

Editor, Cell Metabolism RE: The role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1 beta in the pathogenesis of fructose-induced insulin resistance.     Editor: Perspective is lacking in the recent paper by Nagai et al. (2009), in which the authors propose PGC-1beta knockdown as a novel therapeutic treatment, having demonstrated that it prevents hypertriglyceridemia and hepatic/peripheral […]

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Impairment of hepatic Stat-3 activation and reduction of PPAR-alpha activity in fructose-fed rats

N. Roglans, L. Vil, M. Farr, M. Alegret, R.M. Sanchez, M. Vazquez-Carrera, and J.C. Laguna. Hepatology, 45(3): 778 – 788, 2007. Dr. Keith D. Lindor Editor, Hepatology Dear Editor, I am a biochemist with over twenty-five years experience in the manufacture, applications and uses, consumption and metabolism of nutritive sweeteners, including sucrose, fructose and high […]

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Stealth Calories

By Sally Squires Washington Post, February 6, 2007   Dear Ms. Squires: The Calorie Control Council is an international association representing the “light” food and beverage industry, including companies that make and use fructose. We are writing to clarify information provided in your February 6 article, “Stealth Calories.” In reporting the effect of fructose on […]

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Added Sweeteners: Are high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners fueling the American obesity epidemic?

“Added Sweeteners: Are high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners fueling the American obesity epidemic?” Harvard Health Letter. 2006 (12):1-3. Dear Editor, We read with interest the October 2006 Harvard Health Letter article entitled, “Added sweeteners: are high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners fueling the American obesity epidemic?” The author’s basic premise that Americans could […]

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A Sweetener with a Bad Rap

by Melanie Warner New York Times, July 2, 2006   Dear Ms. Warner: Your July 2 article, “A Sweetener with a Bad Rap,” stated the following: “Studies have shown that the human body metabolizes fructose, the sweetest of the natural sugars, in a way that may promote weight gain. Specifically, fructose does not prompt the […]

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